Veteran James Brown relaxes in his apartment, which he recently moved into after spending decades on the streets. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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A government cybersecurity expert warns against new moves by state election officials to accept online overseas ballots, like those from deployed U.S. troops. Rafiq Maqbool/AP hide caption

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Reagan George is the founder of the Virginia Voters Alliance. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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One USDA official credits the use of plastic benefit cards with helping to reduce federal food stamp fraud. But lawmakers say that isn't enough. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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A sign at the Feb. 4 Nevada caucuses in Las Vegas. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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Aurora Jewell, Mandi Moshay and Kirsten Dees (left to right) hold up signs following a press conference by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) outside at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Seattle, on Feb. 3. Stephen Brashear/Getty Images hide caption

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A supporter of Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry passes out stickers on Dec. 16 in Cherokee, Iowa. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich (center, in the blue shirt) greets voters outside a polling place in Ellicott City, Md., in 2010. Ehrlich campaign manager Paul Schurick is now facing charges for allegedly discouraging voters from going to the polls on Election Day. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Joseph Byrd, unemployed and living on disability, prepares to pick up groceries at the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger food pantry in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2010. The new experimental poverty measure takes into account cost of living associated with geographic differences. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says that both parties need to "tone it down." The Republican says he doesn't believe you need to have a voter ID to "provide for voter security." Jay LaPrete/AP hide caption

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Dr. Brenda Williams, right, with her husband, Dr. Joe Williams, in their Sumter, S.C. medical clinic. The two routinely register their patients to vote. Brenda also seeks out new voters at the county jail.

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Voters stand at the voting booths inside the gymnasium at West Ashley Middle School in Charleston, S.C., in January 2008. This year, South Carolina passed a law requiring voters to show a government-issued photo ID at the polls. It still needs approval from the U.S. Justice Department, but it has voting rights advocates worried.

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Voters waited in long lines in Birmingham, Ala., to cast their ballots in the 2008 presidential elections. But next year, the lines across the country may be longer as state election offices face budget cuts. Butch Dill/AP hide caption

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